ByNovember 17, 2009
“Well, this isn’t exactly a team sport,” assistant coach Mayo quips sarcastically to star skier Johnny Creech after overhearing him complain about renegade team member David Chappellet. It has . . . Read more »
Astonishing Alpine location photography and a young Robert Redford in one of his earliest starring roles are just two of the visual splendors of Michael Ritchie’s visceral debut feature, Downhill Racer. In a beautifully understated performance, Redford is David Chappellet, a ruthlessly ambitious skier competing for Olympic gold with an underdog American team in Europe, and Gene Hackman provides tough support as the coach who tries to temper the upstart’s narcissistic drive for glory. With a subtle screenplay by acclaimed novelist James Salter, Downhill Racer is a vivid character portrait buoyed by breathtakingly fast and furious imagery that brings the viewer directly into the mind of the competitor.
|Director of photography||Brian Probyn|
|Photographed by||Tony Busbridge, Alan Hewison, Arthur Wooster, Jean-Paul Janssen, Jean-Pierre Janssen, Joe Jay Jalbert, Austin Parkinson and Michael Temple|
|Supervising editor||Nick Archer|
|Titles designed by||Don Record|
|Art director||Ian Whittaker|